Most of us are in a state of constant tension and expectation. And so we rush through the day: From the bed to the breakfast table (if at all), from meeting to meeting, from person to person, from hobby to hobby and at the end of the day even from TV program to TV program.
Get bored and relax
Where is the boredom you want to ask? Which means nothing else but time that is not planned and in which you may not yet know what to do with it at the beginning. You just sit there, look out the window, do nothing, just let the thoughts and feelings and consciously realize them.
If you're not used to it, it can be as scary as a day that's full of appointments and hard to handle. But if you allow yourself to be idle - not for hours, but for a few minutes a day - the reward can be relaxation and a clear mind. Even the mind needs a break now and then, in which he can draw new strength.
And the challenge of our time is not to use our minds more effectively, faster and more pragmatically, but to find ways to regenerate spent energies and release creativity.
Spiritual training through meditation
Nothing seems to be more difficult than keeping your mind clear. In any case, for people who have not yet gained experience with meditative forms of relaxation. But meditating on the Buddhist idea is not about us not thinking anymore. The focus is rather on directing one's concentrated attention to a selected object for a certain period of time and not being distracted by other thoughts.
A not very easy mental exercise to calm the mind and to get peace and quiet. But also a means to train mental abilities. Because, according to the Dalai Lama, one can assume that the mind learns through meditative exercises to improve skills such as attention, logical thinking and imagination more and more.
Evidence that meditation is even a brain-working mental training has now been discovered by a research team from Yale University, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It has been shown by magnetic resonance tomography that in people who regularly meditate, more gray matter is present in some regions of the cerebral cortex.
The structural changes were found in the brain areas, which are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processes. The scientists studied 20 adults who intensively practiced Buddhist meditation, averaging about 40 minutes a day.